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Craig Alan Satterlee is bishop of the North/West Lower Michigan Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. He was installed as bishop on September 22, 2013 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Midland, MI.

Ordained in 1987, Bishop Satterlee served congregations in Upstate New York and Michigan. While a seminary professor, he served as interim or consulting pastor in Chicago area congregations. Firmly grounded in parish ministry, Bishop Satterlee names as a priority of his ministry preaching and presiding in congregations of the synod as a tangible expression of the unity of the church.

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Bishop Satterlee is also a liturgical scholar, homiletician, and teacher of worship and preaching. He served as professor of homiletics at Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, dean of the ACTS Doctor of Ministry in Preaching Program and adjunct professor in the Department of Theology at The University of Notre Dame prior to his election as bishop. He continues to serve as adjunct professor at Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, and Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg.

I’ve been around the church long enough to know of storerooms, garages, basements, and attics where sit treasures of ecclesiastical art that have lost their usefulness and are too precious to be disposed of. For example, in one of his last acts as bishop, John Schleicher tucked a baptismal font entrusted to the synod in the corner of the room that would become my office, where it remains, reminding me that my primary and only abiding call and vocation is baptismal—“heirs of the promise and servants of all.” The font has a new location, purpose, and life. So I am wondering if someone knows of a piece of stained glass that could come out of storage and hang, of all places, in my cabin, which I call “cathedral” because it’s taken on a churchy ambiance and it’s where I go to lie prostrate before God. I am looking for something large: it can be as big as 40”w x 72”h. Saint Ambrose would be unbelievable and Jesus would be perfect. I don’t expect to find anything but, you know, “ask…search…knock.” And to those of you offended by this post, I understand, so kindly keep your outrage to yourself. Thank you!

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